Schoolcraft Connection

You have a piece of paper in front of you. It’s blank, fresh out of the pack, never before used. Whatever you write on this paper will be immortalized forever throughout all of history. What do you write? I ask myself this question every time I dedicate words to a page whether it’s for the Connection or not. The following words will be the most important I’ve ever written. Not only due to their outreach but because this is my mission statement as a writer and hopefully emblematic of my character. So maybe I’m being a little melodramatic… Okay fine, very melodramatic, but I prefer optimistic. I’m a writer, what am I without a bit of pretension?

So anyways, howdy, hey, hello. My name’s Ben. I put words on paper or screens for you, Dear Reader, to read. What a concept, right? But here’s the thing: I come from a place of privilege. We live in the digital age. The once daunting task of becoming a writer has never been simpler. On top of that, I write these words during a worldwide pandemic in the safety of my own home. If that weren’t enough, one of the biggest civil rights events since the inception of the movement itself is happening and I’m not affected by it solely because of the color of my skin. So yeah. Privilege.

What do you do when you have too much of something? You use it. I have this platform for which I can use to give a voice to people who need it, so here’s what we’re going to do. I don’t have to feel represented because all I’ve ever been is represented. I will use my position to tell the stories that don’t get told. I’m a storyteller, it’s what I do. I’ll weaponize my privilege to elevate any voice that deserves to be heard. Minority, woman, gay, trans and so many more. I’m going to get your story told. Hold me accountable and together, you and me, this little reader-writer partnership thing we have here, maybe we can make something beautiful together.

You can contact Ben at bolstrumben@gmail.com

Ben Bolstrum, Campus Life Editor

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International intellect (Story)
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Test for success (Story)
Jun 17, 2020
Pajama party (Story)
Jun 12, 2020
Off campus, never offline (Story)
Jun 08, 2020
New pages, new winners (Story)
Jun 02, 2020
Planting the seeds to succeed (Story)
May 26, 2020
Celebrate your differences (Story)
Apr 16, 2020
Schoolcraft Foundation offering scholarships for spring/summer semesters (Story)
Mar 28, 2020
Registration for spring, summer and fall semesters now open (Story)
Mar 19, 2020
Elevating online learning (Story)
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Feb 16, 2020
Upholding honor in the office (Story)
Feb 16, 2020
Spin that wheel (Story)
Jan 21, 2020
Education commendation (Story)
Dec 05, 2019
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Nov 19, 2019
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Warm hands, warm hearts (Story)
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